I think there is a lot of truth to this argument. The more we regulate community, the more atomized we become.
Unfortunately, the traditions of culture are there for a reason… To protect the weak. Dismantling traditional culture in favor of ‘egalitarianism’ will not lead to equal outcomes or happiness.
Maybe it’s time to stop perusing equality and start working to provide a best fit for everyone. For the self controlled and intelligent, few laws and many responsibilities. For the low future time oriented and less bright, more laws and security. I’m not sure how this would work, but I think the bro-reactionaries may be on to something with monarchy… I think there may be other options.
The wider implications of this article capture the current zeitgeist - the breakdown of almost all sense of permanence and commitment - in amber for all to see. I think that as a society, something has to change or we have lost the future.
Could that $40M have been better spend helping Christians instead of oppressing them? Seems TEC could have cut their losses and left the door open to reconciliation instead of attacking those leaving.
I would love to read this to some of the Adult Formation Folks at church. They get theological reflection all wrong by leaving out scripture and tradition.
I think Rod is right. If you’re doing it right, religion will be hard.
Unfortunately, in modern America moderation is not popular.
The UMC followed their Book of Discipline. Let’s hope they don’t revise it. I’ve considered returning to the UMC, but I’m just not into “Low Church” services.
I wish them well and hope they can maintain their integrity. I’m sure their liberal separatist will be vocal for a few weeks.
I wasn’t the only one to see this man-boy. Pajama Boy and his ilk are the Last Man from Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I prefer Kierkegaard to Nietzsche, but the Last Man was the first thing to come to mind when I saw this guy.
Disclaimer: Heartiste is a bit crass, but if you can see past it, there is so good insight there.
The conversation that Pajama Boy will have at Christmas… Secular winter holiday… Or whatever he calls it these days:
"What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?" — so asks the Pajama Boy, and blinks.
"We have discovered happiness" — say the Pajama Boy, and he blinks.
"Formerly all the world was insane," — and he blinks.
"We have discovered happiness," — say the Pajama Boy, and he blinks.